House of Commons, 28 May 1869, Canadian Confederation with Newfoundland

[...] sixty-nine millions of people. To ïŹll up, and organize and develop, and govern such a country would give scope and employment enough for all our skill and energies. The utmost anxiety had been shown by the Duke of Buckingham, the Earl of Granville, and other British Ministers to obtain for Canada on terms which would not be burdensome to us, the control and management of the territory, and it was evident that so soon as the transfer was made there would be in the mother country a strong desire on the part of those who wished to better their condition to emigrate to Canada, with the view of proceeding to the North-West, and there ïŹnding new homes under the shelter of British institutions. That desire already existed, and it would be very much increased when it became known that we had taken posssession of the country and organized a suitable Government over it. He considered we were now on the eve of obtaining the great objects we had in contemplation. When the Coalition Government of 1864 was formed the Minister of Militia had informed the House that there was at that time a prospect of securing the admission of Newfoundland. We knew that British Columbia was only waiting the settlement of the question with regard to the Northwest territory, to ask admission also; so that we might look forward to having our Confederacy extend in a short time from ocean to ocean, as was contemplated in the Quebec resolutions. At the time of the Toronto Convention, he (Mr. McDougall) was subjected to a good deal of unpleasant comments from his former political friends, the member for Lambton and others, for having resolved to maintain his position in the Government until the work they had undertaken was completed. He recollected the sneer with which the acquisition of the North West was referred to, as if it would take many years to bring that about, and as if he made the completion of the work merely an excuse for remaining in ofïŹce. He was proud to believe that they were now on the eve of the completion of that work, and that it would be entirely completed before this Government, in its present form, was dissolved. Only when it was so completed would he feel that he had accomplished the work which he set about in 1864; and all the assaults made on him would fall harmless in presence of the fact that they had achieved a successful result in ïŹnishing the great work they had then undertaken.
Mr. Mackenzie said that looking at the particular point as to whether it was better to accept such terms or continue an almost in- [...]


Canada. House of Commons Debates, 1869. Edited by P.B. Waite. Ottawa: Queen's Printer, 1975. Original scans accessible at: http://parl.canadiana.ca/.



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